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Wattwatchers 2018

So it has been a while since I posted … 5 years! During that time, as CTO of Wattwtachers, we have built a profitable company with 20k shipped device, 50k (min) for next 12 months Check out wattwatchers.com.au for details, … Continue reading

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Smart Meters

The peak problem that drives infrastructure expense exists for a very few hours each year. Smart Meters: • would make energy cost more on 100% of days to address a

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My My

This is a direct copy from a letter to the SMH from Sue Martin. Brilliant!! I used to think that Australians lived in communities. After all there was Your ABC. However, things seem to have changed. Now there is My … Continue reading

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Gnomes, Sustainability.

Gardening Naturally Over Mother Earth What don’t we get about “Sustainable”? If it is “Unsustainable”, then you can’t keep doing it! Some force of nature will rise up an smite you! Your top soil will blow away, you will run … Continue reading

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Outages, Voltage, and the Utility Support Desk

ETSA, the Electricity Trust of South Australia, receives 600,000 telephone contacts per year. Multiply by 15 for the rest of Australia, at say $10/call, and ignoring the lost productivity, that adds up to $100m per year. There is no breakdown … Continue reading

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Why ISM?

Why on earth is the Energy Industry choosing 2.4GHz to run the new AMI infrastructure? It is already cluttered (WiFi, Bluetooth, legacy systems), is sub optimal for long life battery powered devices, and the multipath effects are stronger Anywhere would … Continue reading

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The Ideal Energy Market

What would the most efficient energy market look like? It doesn’t require retailers to function. The NEM rules allow for Retailers but does not require them to exist. Getting rid of the retailers is good economics, although most economists couldn’t … Continue reading

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Economics, Business and Education

The School of Economics at UNSW (Uni of New South Wales) was renamed The Australian School of Business. This sums up the prevailing attitude that degrees are about personal advancement and the peculiar interests of corporations. Economics used to be … Continue reading

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Getting the message across

Our mothers tell us that “asking nicely” is a good way to get what you want. There are better ways! Making the message personal is a good way, using the approval of others is better, and a bit of emotional … Continue reading

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Storm Water

Rain in forests enters the ground and is stored; about 15% is gradually released and finds its way into natural streams. As it moves throught the soil it is filtered; this is why mountain streams are so clear. Rain in … Continue reading

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